Fed Tackles Long-Term Rates to Spur Economy
The Fed said it would buy $400 billion of longer-term U.S. Treasury securities to put downward pressure on longer-term interest rates and 'help make broader financial conditions more accommodative.'
Fed’s ‘Operation Twist’ Offers Bond Investment Opportunities
What does the Fed's "Operation Twist" easy-monetary policy move mean for bond investors? Here’s a roundup of what the strategists are saying about opportunities in the fixed-income market.
FOMC’s Commitment to QE2 Is a Must for Markets, Analysts Say
Analysts weighed in on the Fed's decision to move ahead with its $600 billion QE2 plan, saying the need for U.S. job creation overrides any other economic concern, including inflation fears.
After Vote, GOP Expected to Win House; Fed to Announce QE Plan
Election day has finally arrived and while the true make-up of the next Congress won't be revealed until Wednesday, Republicans are optimistic they will win the 39 seats that will guarantee a takeover of the House. Republicans gaining control of the Senate, however, looks far less likely.
Unemployment Rate Unchanged in September, as 95,000 Jobs Are Lost
The Labor Department's unemployment report released Friday showed a loss of 95,000 nonfarm jobs for September, with the unemployment rate unchanged from August at 9.6%.
Q4 Outlook: LPL Strategist Says First Week of November Is Crucial
As the U.S. economy drifts around in a seemingly endless holding pattern, market watchers are closely looking for any signs of growth in the fourth quarter.
Stocks Rose as ISM Manufacturing Reported Up, Consumer Sentiment Steady
The manufacturing sector showed signs of expansion on Friday and U.S. consumer sentiment held steady, but those positive signs of recovery were not enough to convince analysts that the economy is on solid footing.
Jobless Claims Fall Off 6,000; Factory Orders Up 0.1% on Aircraft
Unemployed workers filing jobless claims decreased by 6,000 in the last week, following a decline of 31,000 in the previous week, and continuing claims dropped 23,000, U.S. government figures released Thursday, September 2 show.
Stocks Drop on Higher Jobless Claims, Lower Philly Manufacturing
Troubling U.S. jobless claims figures and a lackluster manufacturing report out of the Philadelphia area drove the equities markets lower and Treasury prices higher as investors ran for cover in thin trading Thursday, August 19.
Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged; Historic Lows Expected for 'Extended Period'
The Federal Reserve's policymakers kept interest rates at historic lows on August 10 as the nation's economy continues to struggle against deflation threats, lackluster growth, and the possibility of a double-dip recession.